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Jakarta Post

Minister orders ride-hailing service as new regulation looms

  • Farida Susanty

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 25, 2017   /   01:52 pm
Minister orders ride-hailing service as new regulation looms Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi speaks during a meeting with lawmakers of the House of Representatives Commission V overseeing transportation. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has made a surprise move by ordering ride-hailing service Go-Car to go to the venue of the ministry's discussion on Wednesday morning as he is reportedly soon to issue the revised regulation.

Budi said the ride was even not prepared by Go-Jek, the ride-hailing app provider, so he could talk to the driver frankly.

"It was very comfortable, the driver was friendly. The vehicle arrived no more than five minutes after I ordered. The fare was Rp 30,000, I paid it in cash," he said on Wednesday.

He said the driver also commented on the regulations for ride-hailing services, including on fleet quota and base fare.

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"The driver offered a suggestion on the [ride hailing fleet] quota. He said his earnings had decreased and therefore, he agreed with the [regulation] on quota," Budi added.

The Transportation Ministry is currently in the process of issuing the revised regulation on ride-hailing services after the Supreme Court annulled 14 points in the regulation in August.

The ministry's acting director general for land transportation Hindro Surahmat said on Monday the draft revision of Transportation Regulation No. 26/2017 on the operation of non-route public transportation had been submitted to the Law and Human Rights Ministry and it was expected to be in force early next month.

In the revised regulation, the ministry has added several requirements, including installing a meter in each vehicle, abiding by floor and ceiling prices, requiring operators to have at least five vehicles and showing evidence of vehicle ownership. (bbn)